The Planet Mars To Come Closest To Earth In 11 Years

The Planet Mars To Come Closest To Earth In 11 Years

On 30 May, Mars will be 47.2 million miles from our planet and will remain close and bright for the first two weeks of June.

The planet Mars taken by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth

The planet will be visible for much of the night if the skies are clear and should be able to be seen without a telescope or binoculars.

At its furthest, the distance between Earth and Mars can reach up to 250 million miles but the closest was in August 2003, when the two planets were just 35 million miles apart.

If you missed that chance to see it, you will be disappointed to know it will be another 300 years before the planets get that close again.

Mars also forms a triangle of celestial sights, which include the planet Saturn and the red star Antares, which will twinkle brightly as its usually faint light is distorted by temperature ripples in the atmosphere.

The name Antares is from ancient Greek meaning “anti Mars” or “Mars’ rival”.

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